15 Harsh Laws That All North Koreans Have To Follow

There are literally a ton of ridiculous laws the people living there need to follow. Here are just a few of the country’s most bizarre and brutal laws.

#1 Your Haircut Must Be Government Approved.

There is 28 government approved hairstyles in North Korea. That’s it. 10 for men, 18 for women. Wonder what would happen if you had one not included in the catalog of accepted ones? Imprisonment, of course, and if you are lucky enough, you may get to keep your life.

#2 There are only three channels on TV and you have to watch only those.

North Koreans have only three channels and have to sit through them because they have no choice. Everything that goes on the channel is controlled by the government.

#3 The Government Decides Who Live In The Capital.

The city is apparently reserved for the most successful, and more importantly loyal, people. Which isn’t surprising when you consider housing assignments are decided by the government.

#4 Dictatorial regime.

People in North Korea live under a dictatorial regime which controls the religions citizens can believe in. If you get caught carrying the holy bible on you, then jail is probably your next destination.

#5 The three generations of punishment.

In North Korea, if you commit a crime, not only you but your entire family would be punished for the same. Your three generations, i.e grandparents, parents and children bear the brunt of the punishment. The law was made to try to prevent individuals from escaping from prison.

#6 You Have to Vote.

In North Korea, it is illegal not to vote, as the government mandates that all of its citizens must vote. Unfortunately, the government also mandates that all 100% of North Korean citizens vote for the same person.

#7 Only male government officials can drive.

Due to a government restriction, it’s estimated that only one in every 100 people have a car. Women are also forbidden to drive, even if they work as traffic officers.

#8 Falling asleep in a meeting.

Falling asleep while the chief speaks can mean big trouble. The North Korean defense minister was executed with an anti-aircraft gun for having fallen asleep during one of Kim Jong-un’s events, which was considered disrespectful.

#9 Cult to the head of state.

When North Koreans mention the name of their leader always they have to prefix it with an adjective that exalts him, such as ‘dear Kim’ or ‘supreme Kim’.

#10 Elections.

North Korea holds elections to choose the party leaders who’ll rule the country. However, there is usually only one candidate and, if there is another, he’s an actor hired by Kim Jong-un to deliberately lose.

#11 Human waste.

Back in 2008, North Korea stopped receiving fertilizer for its farm land from South Korea. A traditionally mountainous and arid country, North Korea needed the fertilizer to make its farm land produce enough food for the population of 25 million. To correct this deficiency, North Korea turned to human-waste. Each factory in North Korea is mandated to supply farmers with as much human waste as they need.

#12 International telephone call.

You cannot make an international telephone call without a special permit or if the situation demands it. Either way, you have to get some kind of approval from the authorities. The act is considered a crime and can be punished by death, as happened in 2007 to a man who made several international calls.

#13 Blue jeans.

It is a sign of the culture of the western countries. And anything coming from there is considered to be absolutely illegal. You may get off only with a fine or imprisonment as this isn’t one of the worst things you can do if you live there.

#14 The country has its own basketball rules.

Basketball has its own rules in North Korea. This might be due to the fact that the sport was invented in the United States and the relationship between the two countries’ is not the best. So in North Korea, slam dunks are worth three points and not two, field goals in the final three minutes of the game are of eight points. Also, if you miss three throws, a point is deducted.

#15 State-made operating system.

The computers in North Korea run their own state-made operating system. There is no Window’s and Mac OS in North Korea, only Red Star OS.